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Trump candidacy fuels division

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on national security in his offices in Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. At right is Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg. Photo Credit: AP / Gerald Herbert

I’m addressing this to the Republican leadership that has endorsed Donald Trump or stood idly by [“Trump ramping up attack machine,” Opinion, Aug. 18]. I want to know what they are going to do to protect me and my fellow Americans if Donald Trump becomes president.

I do not believe he has a steady and true center, and I think he is selfish, putting his needs and wants above all else. I do not believe he intends to do harm but simply doesn’t think about the consequences of his speech or actions.

Oddly enough, this probably makes for strange bedfellows – putting progressives like me, traditional Republicans and true conservatives all in the same position with similar worries and concerns.

Michelle Interlicchio, West Babylon

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Notice how protesters express their free speech rights by shouting over the free speech of others [“Trump woos Conn. voters,” News, Aug. 14].

Progressives seem to claim sole ownership of the right to be heard. Voters have a right to hear each candidate discuss his or her views without someone else deciding that it’s right or wrong. Let us decide whose opinions best support our ideals and deserve our vote.

Joe Ruszczyk, Kings Park

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As a psychologist and experienced therapist, I have concerns about Donald Trump’s candidacy from a mental health standpoint.

Trump exhibits personality traits consistent with a diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder, including belief that you’re more important; fantasies about power, success and attractiveness; failure to recognize others’ needs and feelings; exaggeration of one’s achievements or talents; expectation of constant praise; arrogance; taking advantage of others; envy of others or belief that others envy you; displays of ultra-confidence, which masks a fragile self-esteem vulnerable to even slight criticism.

Looking ahead to a possible Trump presidency, imagine how he would govern in a democracy with checks and balances, laws to be upheld, and where healthy debate and compromise are essential.

Jeff Neuman, Jericho

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I read Helmut Norpoth’s analysis, “Why Donald Trump will win in 2016” [Opinion, July 29]. As an NYU graduate who majored in political science and a Vietnam veteran, I can’t second-guess Norpoth’s Primary Model, yet I believe his model doesn’t account for some factors.

The electorate’s desire for change, as represented by Donald Trump, seems to be less powerful than his divisiveness. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ version of change resonated, and some elements of his campaign have been folded into Hillary Clinton’s with success. Only a pittance of Sanders supporters would vote for Trump.

With Trump being so polarizing, many GOPers will secretly vote for Clinton. The Democrats are not nearly as splintered as the GOP. Thus, I believe that the professor’s belief, “Trump has wound up as the stronger of the two presidential nominees,” doesn’t have weight.

Jay Brick, Long Beach

 

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